New Release: Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake

February 23rd, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

The Making Of “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness” Copyright 1956 by Philip Hyde

Ardis and Philip Hyde Write About Trekking Into The Glacier Peak Wilderness and Image Lake in Their Travel Logs.

In the proposed North Cascades National Park, Ardis and Philip Hyde backpacked To Image Lake with Philip & Laura Zalesky, Grant McConnell And Other Sierra Club Board Members with the David Brower family, Howard Zahniser family, Jane Goldsworthy, Bob Golden, Rich Miller and others joining the group for the Sloan Creek High Trip.
Lake Chelan,
Lyman Lake
Image Lake
Glacier Peak Wilderness

Glacier Peak: The Glacier Peak Wilderness was originally proposed as part of North Cascades National Park. The Seattle chapter and other chapters of The Mountaineers, the Sierra Club and many other environmental groups in and out of coalitions in the Northwestern United States have campaigned for more than 60 years to have the Glacier Peak Wilderness added to North Cascades National Park. Last year yet another failed proposal nearly made it through the US Congress.

The Photograph: Even though Philip Hyde was the primary illustrator, his 1956 photograph, “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake,” was not part of the Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series book, “The Wild Cascades: Forgotten Parkland”  that helped in the campaign to make North Cascades National Park. However, the high mountain photograph became fairly well-known as it was used in the campaign to make the Glacier Peak Wilderness part of the National Park and in several other books and magazine articles. Philip Hyde never made a color fine art print of the photograph. Also, it was rare that Philip Hyde used 5X7 transparencies for color photographs. By far the majority of his color photographs were made with 4X5 film. The original 5X7 color transparency of “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake,” has faded and color shifted significantly.

Restoration: The photograph was restored for archival fine art digital printing by David Staley, Jr. of Outdoor Plus Digital Print Lab. David Staley, Jr. quit counting his time at eight hours and worked long beyond that to get this photograph correct in Photoshop. Ed Cooper, a mountaineer, climber, outdoorsman, large format and Sierra Club Calendars photographer and book author who knew my father, confirmed that our restoration looked very close in color, hue, saturation and range to the original landscape that time of year and to his own Photoshop restoration of his color shifted 4X5 color transparencies of Glacier Peak and Image Lake. Ed Cooper has backpacked into Image Lake himself and photographed it a number of times.

For the first time ever produced as a fine art print, Archival Digital Prints of “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake” are now available at New Release Pricing for a limited time.

Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness, North Cascades, Washington, copyright 1956 by Philip Hyde.

(To see the photograph large go to: “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake.”)

This Section by Ardis Hyde

Friday, August 17, 1956:  We departed leisurely from Philip and Laura Zalesky’s home in Everett, Washington. We drove through miles of apple orchards to the Southern end of Lake Chelan to Lake Chelan State Park, which proved crowded with little privacy.

Saturday, August 18:  We just made the Lake Chelan Steamer at 9:10 am. We steamed up Lake Chelan, making two stops on the way. The land on both sides of the lake was low, hot and dry foothill country. The steamer was crowded, but comfortable and very maneuverable. We disembarked at Lucerne, Washington and transferred to a bus that took us up 10 miles of good graded gravel road to Holden, Washington. We were surprised to find Holden a pleasant shingle mining town, all company owned except for many private residences built on land leased from the US Forest Service. While we were walking to the Sierra Club camp, a Sierra Club truck met us, picked up our gear and delivered us to the packers just in time to have our duffle transferred to the pack horses. Shortly, around 2:30 pm, we set out on the 8 to 9 mile hike to Lyman Lake. The going was hot and humid through a lush young forest. Some kind of packing accident happened on the trail that spooked the horses and landed our dunnage and film box on the trail. They repacked our horses and headed on to camp, arriving after sundown around 7:45 pm. The packers were at that point only ahead of us by 15 minutes. With much of our trip after the sun slid behind the mountains, the nine mile hike seemed long enough, but not too hot or over strenuous. We arrived so late that we made our bedding and campsite right near the commissary by the lakeside.

Sunday, August 19:  It was the coldest night we spent sleeping out, the whole summer. Philip laid tarps over us that became soaking wet on the under side. After getting up, we found a good, sheltered and private campsite near the stream and relocated our gear. Philip photographed subjects around camp, while I spent the day reading the novelized true story of, Anna and the King of Siam, the book that inspired the film and Broadway Musical The King and I. I became acquainted with Sierra Club leader and pre-eminent political scientist Grant McConnell, his wife Jane, his daughter Ann and his son Jim. They spend the summers in a cabin at Stehikin, Washington and winters in Berkeley, California, where Grant McConnell teaches Political Science at the University of California. Also around camp were Al Schmitz and Oliver Kehrlein, co-leaders of the trip. There were only about 15 Sierra Club members in Base Camp at that time, while 125 more people from other groups and individuals were expected soon.

The Following Section Written by Philip Hyde

Sunday afternoon a group of us including Philip Zalesky and Grant McConnell hiked up to Phelps Creek Pass and Spider Pass for views down Phelps Creek and of the Entiat Mountains in the proposed Glacier Peak Wilderness. The Seattle group of The Mountaineers club proposed that the Glacier Peak Wilderness boundary run across Spider Pass.

Monday, August 20:  We gathered our gear together to backpack to Image Lake over Cloudy Pass and Siuattle Pass, then along Miner’s Ridge. We hiked past an old mining camp from several years ago. Several miles further we came across the present mining camp. What a mess. There were trees chopped off two feet or more from the ground in all directions, old oil drums, tin cans, bottles, and all sorts of other imaginable debris everywhere within throwing distance. The mining camps support diamond drilling operations prospecting for copper ore. Large scaffolds in several places support the drills. All of it is supplied by helicopter. We hiked on along Miner’s Ridge. It was a stiff climb to high steep grassy slopes, then around into a cove in the ridge and Image Lake finally below. Image Lake is in a small depression held back by a rock lip around the downhill edge. Below the lip, the valley plunges deeply down to the Suiattle River canyon, while our gaze moves upward to the steeper slopes across the river valley, up, up, to lower snow fields and finally to the immense, white glacier-covered slopes of Glacier Peak. Ardis preceded me into camp, while I exposed several large format black and white negatives and color transparencies of the Suiattle River Valley and surrounding peaks. I found Ardis’ welcome of hot soup as I walked into camp by the shore of Image Lake. There was a beautiful full moon that night over the snowy slopes of Glacier Peak across the valley.

Tuesday, August 21:  I woke up early to make more 5X7 view camera photographs of Glacier Peak across and from above Image Lake. Then I climbed the pass behind the lake for a view across Canyon Creek and Canyon Lake nestled in a cirque about two thirds of the way to the top of the ridge. Then I joined Ardis and some of the others, picking up our packs and heading back down to our Lyman Lake Sierra Club Base Camp. On the way, we took a high trail near the mine and ended up near one of the drilling rigs watching the helicopter operation. We took off cross-country, off-trail, bushwhacking while contouring along the ridge. After negotiating several patches of heavy forest and avalanche paths, we rejoined the trail for the climb up to Siuattle Pass and Cloudy Pass, followed by the drop down into the Lyman Lake basin. It’s a long haul, not so easily done with backpacks as we were led to believe. The mob had descended on Lyman Lake Base Camp. Already the lake surroundings look beat up. Circus tents are up, as well as individual large tents, which the management rents out.

Wednesday, August 22:  I hiked up to the South Peak of North Star Mountain today for magnificent views of Glacier Peak over Cloudy Pass and Siuattle Pass. Oliver Kehrlein made a sly dig at me at the evening campfire for going up alone.

Thursday, August 23:  We were up early for the walk out to Holden, Washington, leaving the Lyman Lake Base Camp for the trip around to the Sloan Creek Sierra Club High Trip. It was cloudy early, bringing the first threat of rain this week. It rained some on us backpacking down. We took the bus from Holden to Lucerne and down Lake Chelan in a boat. There was some hard rain on the lake. It was overcast all afternoon and night, as we camped in the US Forest Service campground on Steven’s Pass…

More in another blog post as the Hydes met up with the David Brower family, Howard Zahniser family, Jane Goldsworthy, Bob Golden, Rich Miller and other Sierra Club Board members and regular members…



  1. pj says:

    I had a hard time tearing myself away from this photograph. It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words — this one’s worth about ten thousand.

    At first glance it simply looks like a beautiful scenic landscape, but something about it reached right into my gut. It cuts right through the BS I’ve been hemming and hawing about in my own mind for the last several months… it clarifies for me what’s worth fighting for more than anything I’ve seen or read in a long time. It reaches me in a way I can’t even begin to put into words.

    It’s deceptively simple, and uncommonly powerful… very few photographs can convey what this one does. Thank you for posting it David.

    Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go feast my eyes on it some more…

  2. Hi PJ, I appreciate your comment much more than I can ever explain because it helps confirm for me why I put so much time, effort and grief into the restoring of this photograph. It was actually completely restored twice by two different Photoshop experts, a long and boring story. All along something kept telling me to keep on with it. It is Glacier Peak, after all, even if it wasn’t everything you describe. Even if it didn’t evoke something deeply inside others besides you and me. My doubts stemmed originally from a prominent photographer’s opinion that I value. He can at times get in a hurry and make snap judgements without looking enough or remembering the significance of the places behind Dad’s photographs. He called it a “postcard” in a dismissive tone. The only reply I could muster was, “That doesn’t matter, it’s Glacier Peak.” That was before we restored it. I wonder if he would say the same now. I feel it turned out well and will live up to the importance of its namesake.

  3. Richard Wong says:

    This is an amazing scene, David. This is the first I’ve heard of this area but I hope it does get protection.

  4. Thank you for the additional vote of confidence on this image, Richard. I respect your opinion too. Apparently a number of people agree with you, PJ and me. FYI, all readers, we have already sold a number of prints of “Glacier Peak From Above Image Lake, Glacier Peak Wilderness.” Don’t hesitate if you want an archival digital print at New Release Pricing. Please see the update I just added to the post above.

  5. Greg Russell says:

    Beautiful image, David. I’m glad its selling well.

    As always your parents’ travelogues are a joy to read…both of your parents wrote really well and really helped close the loop between image and the written word.


  6. Hi Greg, I suppose “selling well” is all relative. Selling 2-3 prints in a week is not so impressive, really, but it is far better than selling zero. One of the factors I have been neglecting, as I work on developing other aspects of Philip Hyde Photography, is sales. Sales and marketing are my strength, but I am also working to develop my writing and other areas currently. Up until recently I also forgot about the effects of crowd psychology, which of course always influence sales. In sales most of the time, the more you sell, the more you sell. That is, as people see you selling more and more, they start talking and can potentially create a sort of feeding frenzy just through word of mouth. This is part of why major photographers hit a certain level of momentum where everyone starts buying their work. The names that come to mind are Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, the father, and more recently in the same category in marketing, a photographer like Peter Lik. Many people question the quality of Peter Lik’s photography, but they’re talking about him anyway and adding to the frenzy he has created by selling a lot of work. Conversely, if you don’t produce, or you focus on developing in other ways, as I am, the general public can start to collectively assume that your work just doesn’t sell that well, which is certainly not true of my father’s photography. It might be partially true of my father himself, but not of his photographs, though he did sell quite a bit for one guy living way up in the mountain wilderness away from the markets. In the past when the work was in the right photography galleries or distributed by the right publishers it sold very well. I’m glad you liked Mom and Dad’s writing too. It is another item that I feel will sell well too, even though currently I am giving it away here on the blog to attract the type of participants here that appreciate what my parents stood for and why they worked so hard.

  7. Sharon says:

    I’ll still buy the book of your parent’s writing, David, when it comes out. Even if it is just what is already here on the blog. I would enjoy reading everything together and be able to stay up all night reading it. 🙂


  8. Thanks, Sharon. It would be great to read Mom and Dad’s travel logs all at once, but challenging because I believe if the travel logs were all gathered in one place and put end to end, they would be much longer than the usual non-fiction book. The travel logs alone without any extra commentary I’m guessing would come to 2-3 volumes of 1,000 plus pages each. I’ll probably break them down into the various regions or particular trips. We’ll see. It will be a great adventure to read through, edit them and add the verbs, prepositions and other small words so they make sense.

  9. David, thanks so much for bringing this image forward. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I can attest to the stunning beauty of the Cascades and Glacier Peak Wilderness.

    One of the formative books of my youth was John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid, which charts David Brower’s encounters with three individuals responsible for changing natural landscapes. Of Glacier Peak Wilderness, Brower stated, “The Glacier Peak Wilderness is probably the most beautiful piece of country we’ve got. Mining copper there would be like hitting a pretty girl in the face with a shovel.”

    Another stance that Brower took (that has informed my own philosophy about wilderness) was his advocation for encroaching no further into existing wilderness, and focusing our resource needs on lands we’ve altered already. This is something I agree with and feel your father’s image is strong additional rationale for it.

    Thanks again for sharing this image and the work it took to bring it to its current state.

  10. Hi Wesley, I am glad to read your perspectives and ideas related to this photograph and to David Brower. It makes me happy to find another landscape photographer in the blogosphere who is well read on conservation. I appreciate that you are offering an informed conservation photography perspective on your blog, which from what I’ve heard is also creating some buzz. I probably read what David Brower said about Glacier Peak at some point, but forgot about it when making this post. Great that you remembered it and shared it here. David Brower’s words, spoken or written, were always pithy and salient on whatever natural treasure he was working to save. John McPhee is one of my heroes. Anyone who can write a big, thick non-fiction book, “Basin and Range,” on the Nevada desert, or “Rising From The Plains,” about Wyoming geology, and make either one as intriguing as any novel, has my vote as one of the best writers ever. “Encounters with the Archdruid” is a classic and a page-turner. It brilliantly shows who David Brower and his opponents were as people. The other book of John McPhee’s I would highly recommend to you, if you haven’t read it, is “The Control of Nature.” It’s an eye opener about how human attempts at controlling nature can backfire. I appreciate the dialog and hope you return soon.

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